Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Freddy and Gwen: In Sisters Again!


If you attended the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show, you couldn't help but notice the shimmering energies of quilts that filled every surface of this little western town. And among the brightest of the brights, were the innovative quilts of Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston.














From the quilts that paraded through the picnic in the park, to the quilts that hung on walls of town buildings, their bright and creative designs seemed to bridge the passageway of the The Gee's Bend Quilters and their fabulous quilts on the side of the Stitchin' Post, to the equally lovely but perhaps more traditional quilts, that graced so many of the buildings around town.





Gwen Marston, known for her historical knowledge of quilts and quilting design, and Freddy Moran, famous for her use of colors and non-traditional designs, have once again collaborated in the creation of new and stunning quilt patterns in what is quickly evolving into a fabulous art form of their own. These and other quilts and the evolution of their history and design is described by Freddy and Gwen in their new book, released just in time for the Sisters, Oregon showcase.

And, as my Frugal Friday offer on July 24th, I am giving away a free copy of their fabulous book "Freddy and Gwen Collaborate Again: Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs", where the ideas, patterns and tips to create these quilts and 62 others are showcased.

I was selected by the book's production and design company Red Lips 4 Courage Communications to offer the book in a blog drawing and the chance to show support for Freddy and Gwen and prove the power of quilting blogs and bloggers.

Please join me this Friday for the give-away, leave a comment to enter the drawing and then share that give-away post's link in a post note on your own blog. This is a huge opportunity to increase visibility for Freddy and Gwen's new book and to encourage additional opportunities for all of us as quilting bloggers to be involved in creative marketing strategies!

I have been told that the post and all of the responses and comments on it will be sent to Freddy and Gwen, themselves. So, please come back on Friday and contribute with some creative comments of your own and check back next Frugal Friday for the winner!!!

Sisters OR: The Little Town With a Big Heart

Free Freddy and Gwen Book to Give-Away! scheduled to post on Friday 2/24/09 at 7AM
Leave a comment to enter the drawing then!

LINKS:
Liberated Quilting

Liberated Quilting Challenge

Liberated Quilting: Free Patterns, Blocks, and Tutorials

Word Play (Quilts)

10 comments:

  1. Oooh I can't wait to comment. Those quilts are awesome. I love the looks of them and their vibrant colors. Awesome!!

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  2. I have read so much about Freddy and Gwen and their talented "gift" of teaching all of us...I would be honored to win this book and learn first hand about how to make such gorgeous works of arts! I sooooooo hope I win!

    Mary Jo in Iowa

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  3. I just read thru all your posts about Sisters. What a blast! Wonderful photos and info. I loved hearing about the Gee's Bend quilters. I saw their quilts when they came here on tour. So touching! And you tell their story so well.
    The quilts from Gwen and Freddy are so exciting! I gotta get out more!

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  4. these colors are wonderful, great quilts.

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  5. Nice post! You sound like a true reporter. Please enter me in the drawing. Gwen and Freddy are going to be reading this? Oh goodness, I must say something important. Well, I really appreciate having them around, because they have freed me up to quilt and come up with my own designs without having to worry about all the "rules," and to let my own personality shine through.

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  6. Marcie posted about the giveaway so I came over on her behalf. May my entry go to her? Great show and share here...thanks for the photos!

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  7. Found you through Marcie... and she was right.. your blog is lovely!!! :o))
    WHat a dream to be able to visit Oregon and Sisters someday!!! :o))

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  8. Thank you for your wonderful pictures of the quilts at Sisters. I've just had hand surgery and Gwen & Freddy's quilts made my day. I would love to win their book. I'm sure I could at least pull fabric for a quilt even if I'm not able to sew it right now!

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  9. I've been enjoying the vicarious tour of the Sisters Quilt show, meeting Bonnie of Quiltville, The Gee's Bend Quilters and now Freddy and Gwen. I'll forward a link to your blog to members of my local quilt guild. Please include me in the drawing for Freddy and Gwen's latest book.

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  10. Hi, I found your blog about a week ago, when I was trying to find out more about the 'Hurricane Ike' quilt at Sisters, and the artist behind it. Never been to your site before that, but you've done amazing work on it! YOu inspire me to want to make one too.

    I was really glad to see the Coffee Creek quilt on your blog. My friend, Sue Capell, from Newberg quilted that, and was uncredited for her beautiful work. Bummer! The person who submitted the paperwork from Coffee Creek didn't think to put Sue's name in the 'quilted by' line.

    I would LOVE to win the book by Freddy and Gwen. I hiked all over sisters to try and find them, and missed them at every turn! I was so bummed.

    You're in Salem-are you a member of the Mid-Valley Quilt guild?

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Michele Bilyeu blogs "With Heart and Hands" as she journeys between Douglas, Alaska and Salem, Oregon.